10th July 1816
Reference Numbert18160710-38
VerdictNot Guilty

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714. JOSEPH LEVI was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of June , two coats, value 2l. 10s. and a walstcoat, value 10s. the property of John Archer Stevens , in his dwelling house.

JOHN ARCHER STEVENS . I live in Well's street, Whitechapel . The prisoner at the bar was contending with my servant at my gate about a quarter before eight in the morning of the day in the indictment.

PHORE STOUD. I am servant to Mrs. Stephens. On the 10th of June, in the morning, at about a quarter before eight o'clock, I discovered the prisoner in my master's Counting-house; that Counting-house is a part of the dwelling-house; it is the back parlour. The prisoner was stooping

down when I saw him, and the clothes in question, which bad previously been hanging on a nail at the other side of the room, were close to him. He ran to get out at the gate, but I stopped him.

(Property produced, and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I made a mistake, and instead of going into Mr. Davis's house, I went into Mr. Stevens's; I was never in the room, but knocked in the entry, and the servants came out to me, and that is all I have got to say. I am as innocent as a child unborn.


First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Park.

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